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Ford News: Ford Divulges Engine and Towing Specifications For 2015 F-150


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Has it really been seven months since Ford unveiled the 2015 F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show? Yes it has. Since that time, the blue oval has been keeping its lips shut on the power and towing numbers for the F-150. Well today, Ford has decided to reveal some of those numbers.

We'll begin with the new base engine, the 3.5L V6. Not be confused with the 3.5 EcoBoost, the new 3.5 V6 makes 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the outgoing 3.7 V6, the 3.5 is down 19 horsepower and 23 pound-feet. That shouldn't be as noticeable you might think as the new F-150 is about 700 pounds lighter than the current model. Towing and payload numbers for the 3.5 4x2 model stand at 7,600 and 1,910 pounds respectively.

Next up is the new 2.7 EcoBoost V6. Horsepower stands at 325, while torque is rated at 375 pound-feet. In the 4x2 guise, the 2.7 can carry 2,250 pounds in its bed and tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Ford hasn't released information on the 3.5 EcoBoost V6 or 5.0L V8 at this time.

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William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached atwilliam.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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ALL-NEW FORD F-150 2.7-LITER ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE DELIVERS V8 CAPABILITY AND PERFORMANCE

Tougher, lighter 2015 Ford F-150 welcomes two new engines to its four-engine lineup, providing choices to meet almost any customer need – from hauling tools to towing trailers

High-output 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop broadens engine lineup by providing mid-range V8-like towing capability of 8,500 pounds, payload of 2,250 pounds, 325 horsepower, 375 lb.-ft. of torque

Standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing delivers impressive power and efficiency with towing of 7,600 pounds that can't be beat, 1,910 pounds of payload, 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque

Use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy plus smart engineering saves up to 700 pounds, improving power-to-weight ratio and allowing for gains in towing, performance and efficiency

With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

"The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds," said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. "These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency."

2.7-liter EcoBoost power

The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque – improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15 percent over the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output, thanks to vehicle light-weighting.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs.

Boosting 2.7-liter EcoBoost fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology for F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly. Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine also features Ford's first use of a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine, the same material used in Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 in Super Duty trucks. The composite CGI/aluminum cylinder block saves weight while providing strength where it's needed most for durability.

Advanced technology, power and efficiency combine to create an engine for F-150 that boasts more than twice the horsepower, torque and towing capability of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck with identical displacement 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Ford testing shows the 2.7-liter EcoBoost also outperforming Ram 1500 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 while towing a 7,000-pound enclosed trailer up Davis Dam in Arizona. This is the same grade the Society of Automotive Engineers uses for its J2807 towing testing standards, which the 2015 Ford F-150 will follow.

3.5-liter V6 tuned for responsive power

Thanks to vehicle weight savings, the standard 3.5-liter V6 with Ti-VCT offers a 5 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio over the larger 3.7-liter V6 in the 2014 F-150, with better fuel efficiency and performance.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds – unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks.

Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation.

Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.

Advanced materials save weight

Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck's body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.

Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter – helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance. The aluminum upper body sits on a fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make it stronger yet lighter.

In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 offers the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8 with Ti-VCT, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers.


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Interesting, I wonder how long these engines will last in the real world of use and abuse by average Joe! Be interesting that is for sure.

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Good numbers for such a small motor.  I agree with dfelt though.  With the abuse and neglect a lot of trucks get subjected to, I would be more comfortable with a larger-displacement, understressed powerplant.

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I almost never see pickups towing or even hauling that much.  I think a lot of truck guys just like having a truck, and a lot of truck guys take care of their trucks too.  The 2.7 Ecoboost puts up some impressive numbers in the power department, with the weight loss, the F150 with this engine might crush what Chevy or Ram have, minus the diesel from Ram.

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I almost never see pickups towing or even hauling that much.  I think a lot of truck guys just like having a truck, and a lot of truck guys take care of their trucks too.  The 2.7 Ecoboost puts up some impressive numbers in the power department, with the weight loss, the F150 with this engine might crush what Chevy or Ram have, minus the diesel from Ram.

Initially till they release better engines but then these little engines are your 100K engines as disposable trucks and this I believe is what the auto companies are hoping for well built but short life as people recycle them for a new one. I doubt you will see a Million mile 2.7L V6 Eco Boost F150 pickup. We see plenty of beefy V6 and V8 vehicles hit this but you can go only so small before you just stress the engine all the time to run and it wears out fast.

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The F150 also weighs 750 lbs less than the Ram or Silverado, plus don't they have a 10 speed automatic in the works, so how high is this engine going to have to rev when it also makes a lot of low end torque.  The 3.5 Ecoboost has been around about 5 years or so, I haven't read or heard a whole lot about them falling apart.  Only time will tell, but just because it is a 2.7 liter engine doesn't mean it will fall apart.

 

 

Memo to Ford, drop that old 3.7 liter V6 in the Mustang and go with a 2.3 and 2.7 Ecoboost combo.

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We can only surmise how much the coke can F-150 will weigh, based on Ford's published data.  GM fullsize trucks have traditionally weighed less than their cross-town counterparts.

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The F150 also weighs 750 lbs less than the Ram or Silverado, plus don't they have a 10 speed automatic in the works, so how high is this engine going to have to rev when it also makes a lot of low end torque.  The 3.5 Ecoboost has been around about 5 years or so, I haven't read or heard a whole lot about them falling apart.  Only time will tell, but just because it is a 2.7 liter engine doesn't mean it will fall apart.

 

 

Memo to Ford, drop that old 3.7 liter V6 in the Mustang and go with a 2.3 and 2.7 Ecoboost combo.

Yea need to Bing or Google 3.5 ecoboost problems. Tons of them including lawsuits. Plenty of Service bullitins on how to try and hope it fixs some of the issues.

 

The national highway safety board this year has 1000 complaints about ecoboost issues from acceleration to hung throttles.

 

Yes FORD had had great growth on the EcoBoost engine line, but there is clearly plenty of problems and the forums show this to be true with many trading in their Ecoboost and going back to the Smooth dependable V8. There is also the complaint about gas mileage not being what is promissed.

 

Here is just one of the lawsuits: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130515/RETAIL/130519929/lawsuit-claims-defects-in-ford-3.5-liter-v-6-ecoboost-engine

We can only surmise how much the coke can F-150 will weigh, based on Ford's published data.  GM fullsize trucks have traditionally weighed less than their cross-town counterparts.

Also I would like to see how these coke cans hold up in the various crash tests. I wonder how easily they will fold.

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Aluminum is stronger than steel, so the F150 should be fine.

 

I am all for V8s, my car has a 5.5 liter V8, but I am also in favor of progress, so if someone can make more power and use less fuel then I think that is a good thing.  Really I am surprised more of these light duty trucks don't have a diesel, when diesels will last forever and produce monster torque.

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So we have people steeling the copper wiring off of DOT projects to resell to the scrappers, so then we see a higher auto theft of the pure Aluminum auto's to resell as scrap? :P

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Aluminum is stronger than steel, so the F150 should be fine.

 

Go back to high school physics class and relearn. The major draw for aluminum is that weighs nearly third of steel alloys. Aluminum generally is 33% less stronger than steel hence usually requires approx. 50% more thickness to match steel properties. Aluminum is not as malleable and ductile as steel is so the aluminum structures are difficult to work with. When you start using HSS then aluminum is moot.

 

That is why I think Ford is gambling big time with aluminum, it looks good on paper for Autoblog boys or you to go All Hail Ford, but let the accidents with those trucks sink in and then we can talk. Progress for name sake of progress is sometime retrogression. GM trucks with hydroformed chassis and panels and usage of HSS is actually metallurgically superior to Ford. Mullaly to me has always been big on creation of perception without significant substance and this is what he is banking on. I give credit to Ford with Focus, Fusion and new Mustang but I have never been sold on Mullaly as Ford's messiah.

 

Traditionally GM trucks have been 300 - 400 lb lighter than Ford trucks, so that claimed 700 lbs decrease is only a 300 - 400 lb (6 -8%) decrease for GM trucks, nothing it cannot achieve.

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